This year, for the first time, CBC’s Canada Reads is putting on the spotlight on Canadian non-fiction. Check it out.
“For the first time ever, CBCs annual battle of the books will focus on non-fiction. Canadian non-fiction is a rich and diverse genre (John Vaillant! Stevie Cameron! Chester Brown! Margaret MacMillan!), and we think it’s high time that Canada Reads shines the spotlight on these great writers and their storytelling skills and five great non-fiction reads battle it out for the Canada Reads crown.” – from the Canada Reads website.
It’s up to you guys to recommend your favourite Canadian non-fiction reads! The call for recommendations will close on Friday October 14 and the longlist will be revealed on October 18.
Here are some of our favourite Canadian Real Stories…
Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson — Dickinson shares her personal success story and teaches you how to become confident in business and in life by mastering the art of persuasion.
Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury with Kirstie McLellan Day — Fleury’s gripping memoir about life as an NHL star and the demons that haunted him off the ice.
A Soldier First by General Rick Hillier — Hillier looks at his career in the military and the decisions he made as Chief of the Defence staff of the Canadian Forces in this honest and hard-hitting memoir.
The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary by Andrew Westoll – Step inside Fauna Sanctuary, a home for chimps retired from biomedical research, with Westoll’s touching book that asks important questions about animal testing.
Tough Guy by Bob Probert with Kirstie McLellan Day — The life story of the toughest fighter in the NHL, and the battles he faced, both on and off the ice.
Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau — Trudeau’s inspirational story about her struggle with mental illness, and how she rebuilt her life after tragedy.
The Patrol by Ryan Flavelle — A gritty look at a Canadian soldier’s experiences in Afghanistan, and what life was like when he returned home.
Cascadia’s Fault by Jerry Thompson — Thompson uses decades of research to tell the story of the earthquake that will devastate North America.
What is your favourite Canadian non-fiction read? We want to know!